6 no-meltdown foundation for a hot, humid summer

There is much we expect from summertime beauty products. In the hot, humid weather of Hong Kong that can last for months on end, choosing the right foundation that will take us from morning to evening, can be a daunting task. After all, the choices are legion. So where to start? We have compiled six top foundation picks, from preventing caking to looking fresh all around the clock

1. Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

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An immediate hit as soon as it was released in 2018, Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is a lightweight formula that offers 16 hours of fade-resistant wear. In addition, the foundation gives a buildable coverage and results in a natural skin-looking application with a glow.

Notably, the product is both paraben-free (a chemical used to preserve cosmetic products), and alcohol-free which is highly recommended for people with sensitive skins. This product comes in 19 shades.

Price: HK$470/30ml

2. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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One of the most-used makeup foundation brands by makeup artists, Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation shares its flawless blend in summer weather.

The line features silk-like moisture that keeps the skin from getting blotchy or prevents any cakiness from the humid weather. Along with its moist application, it is a perfect option for people with dry skin. The product comes in 24 shades.

Price: HK$580/30ml

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3. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup Foundation

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Acclaimed for its wide range of shades from Espresso to Porcelain, Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup Foundation is a must-have item if you are looking for that perfect foundation coverage this summer. It has consistently ranked top for best in this area.

It covers everything from skin troubles to redness. It is an oil-free and shine control 24-hour wear that is resistant to sweat and humidity. As such, it is strongly recommended for oily skin types or people who struggle with sweating. A whopping 60 shades are offered in this Estee Lauder line.

Price: HK$425/30ml

4. Make Up For Ever HD Skin Undetectable Stay-true Foundation

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A matte or moisturising foundation may be too heavy during the summer months. But fret not, there is a semi-matte option offered in the HD Skin Undetectable Stay-true Foundation from Make Up For Ever.

The product is devoted to a semi-matte yet natural finish application for any skin type – normal, sensitive, combination or oily. It diminishes skin imperfections for 24 hours without any skin cracks and is resistant to humidity, water, and sweat. A distinctive feature is its eco-friendly packaging of recycled and recyclable glass bottles and contains no animal-derived ingredients. This product is offered in 18 shades.

Price: HK$380/30ml

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5. Giorgio Armani Power Fabric+ Foundation

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Giorgio Armani’s newly launched Power Fabric+ Foundation is formulated to be more long-lasting with a promise of 24-hour comfortable wear coupled with a weightless sensation.

The product stands out for its powder texture which absorbs excess sebum. A combination of pigments with three different types of skin oils is infused into the product that helps obtain perfect skin coverage. Its fluidity benefits – but isn’t limited to – those with dry skin. Its waterproof and heatproof formula is part of its long-wear technology and it has built-in SPF 20. This foundation comes in 20 different shades.

Price: HK$600/30ml

6. Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation

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Sometimes the fragrance of foundation makeup could make a product unappealing. Those who are particularly sensitive or averse to the scent of foundations may find a friend in Laura Mercier’s fragrance-free Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation.

The product offers resilience in sweaty and humid conditions – even on occasions where water activities are concerned, the foundation still offers full coverage. This beauty line also controls oil with a matte finish application that keeps away dull looks all day. Although it promises full coverage, this foundation comes with a seemingly weightless texture and breathable wear that sits comfortably on the skin. Ideal for all skin types but especially for normal to oily skin.

Price: HK$450/30ml

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